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Hidden Valley Ranch - at Grand Central Station!

After meeting face-to-face on Tuesday, March 9, Lisa was kind enough to invite me to Veggie Central. As soon as I read "Hidden Valley Ranch", my response was "when and where?". Like many others, my teen doesn't always jump for healthy foods. Good thing she enjoys Hidden Valley Ranch. Put it on steamed veggies and step away from the teenager. Throw in Jeanne Pinsof Nolan and Jennie Garth - well how could I miss this?Upon entering Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, it was easy to tell this is the right place. Salad dressing and vegetables EVERYWHERE!
Yes, I grabbed a skewer of veggies to poke into the ranch fountain. Yummy! As we moved past the fountain - my feet were dragging - we saw three classrooms worth of kids, I'd say 3rd to 5th graders. All the kids were sitting and listening to Jeanne Pinsof Nolan's presentation, paying attention and trying for a chance to help plant some seeds.
When Jeanne asked a question, hands and bodies flew up to a…

$300 haircut for FREE?! Well ...

By now it's not news - I'm a recession statistic. Lost my job last spring. Let's get that out of the way because since that time, daily life is a combination of job hunting, volunteer activities, social networking on Facebook and Twitter, watching news on TV and keeping up with "signs of recovery". Sometime months ago I saw an item about a certain salon offering free haircuts for anyone unemployed. I submitted my information and sat back.

Earlier this month, I got a phone call from the salon receptionist. There was an opening. I was excited to get some "me" time, really looking forward to the experience. The day of the appointment, I was just a little bit late. Got to the salon five minutes after the scheduled time, instead of ten minutes early where I could sit, catch my breath and enjoy.

Suzanne (an alias because I forgot her name since then) led me to a private room where I traded my layers for a robe, then she "checked" my bag and jacket. Re…